March 20, 2016

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Formula One will revert to last year's qualifying system following a debacle with the new rolling-elimination format at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

F1 officials held a meeting with teams on Sunday ahead of the race and agreed to go back to the previous system which was based on the lap times at the end of each of the three segments of qualifying.

The new system of rolling eliminations every 90 seconds proved confusing to fans in the first two segments on Saturday and led to a quiet third session as most drivers elected to stay in the garage and save tires rather than go out and try to better their times.

The change will need approval from the F1 Commission, and should be in place for the next race in Bahrain.

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